February 16, 2022

In the fourth edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, we’re sharing climate-related events, action items, our upcoming meetings, and more.


Events

Fisher Recycling & Second Chance Bikes Social - 2/17 Don’t forget that tomorrow from 5-7pm we’ll be hosting a social gathering for folks to learn about sustainable resources, organizations, and businesses working together to build community resilience. Bring your glass to be recycled and learn about Fisher’s recycling process! You’ll have the chance to tour the facilities, familiarize yourself with bike maintenance, and hear from SMART Recycling about their operations. Come socialize, enjoy craft beer & light bites, and enter to win raffle prizes!

Celebrate Black History & Black Labor Activism - 2/18 Join CHS BLM on Friday from 6-10pm to celebrate the rich history of Black activism & labor organization in Charleston. Held at the Cigar Factory in the Cedar Room, the event will feature talks from Black historians & activists, live music, art, and poetry. All funds raised will go towards the Eastside Community Development Corporation!

Give Me Green: Sustainable Fashion Show - 3/16 We’re excited to announce we are hosting a sustainable fashion show on March 16th from 7-9pm. This event will feature a keynote speaker, outfits from our Lowcountry Clothing Shop Alliance, and panel discussion. We’re capping the audience at 100 people, so go ahead and register here to save your spot! Food & drink is included in ticket price; masks and proof of vaccine are required.



Actions

SCDOT Public Comment: I-526 Project Submit a public comment before Feb. 21st to oppose the I-526 Long Point Road/Wando Port Interchange Project. The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Amendment will add preliminary engineering, right of way, and construction phases. In total, this project will cost $125 million and seeks to increase capacity. We must instead invest in public transportation and walk/bike infrastructure!

Taking pitches for Surge II As we prepare for the second issue of Surge, we’re accepting pitches for article ideas! If there’s a climate-related concept you’d like to write about or like to see written, send in your pitch to surgemagchs@gmail.com in the next week. Additionally, we’ll be holding a pitch meeting over Zoom on Monday, Feb 21st at 5pm, so you can talk out your ideas with the Editors-in-Chief. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82281864192?pwd=UWZjOGkrTmNHblg1c2orMDMvMEZFZz09 (Issue 1 of Surge had a small delay — look for more info and the finished product very soon!)

Stop Plastic Nurdle Pollution Stand up for clean water in our community by asking your South Carolina Representatives on the Environmental Affairs Subcommittee to support Bill 596. Plastic nurdle pollution is a big problem in our waterways and on our beaches and it’s 100% preventable. Bill 596 requires nurdle shippers to take measures to contain plastic nurdles and be held responsible for spills. Shout-out to Charleston Waterkeeper for leading this effort.


Meetings

Join us in an upcoming CCC meeting to learn more about our work and get involved:

Event Planning: 3/2 @ 7pm — Zoom Link During this meeting, we’ll go over final planning for Give Me Green, our Sustainable Fashion Show, and plan Earth Day events!


News

We’ve Received a Significant Grant from Costal Community Foundation Thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation, $20,000 will go towards general operating funds for CCC. This is a very significant show of support for us as a new non-profit — we’re deeply grateful, and excited to have more financial grounding.

Mic Smith Photography LLC Donation to Fund Surge Mic Smith Photography has kindly donated $3,000 to support the first issue of Surge as our first Founding Sponsor! The support will go towards printing costs and payment to contributors. We’re honored to have their support and proud to have them as a Founding Sponsor for Surge: The Lowcountry Climate Magazine.

Human Affairs & Racial Conciliation Established Charleston City Council voted 9-4 on Feb. 9th to form a Commission on Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation. The commission will work to address various racial inequities in Charleston including access to health care, education, and economic opportunities. Check out this Post & Courier article to read more about the process and added amendments.

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